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Free Aspergers Youth Club

Group Day & Time Details
Aspergers Family Support Group Sat 11am – 12pm Open to all people with AS and/or their families
Aspergers Youth Club Sat 12.30pm – 1.30pm Open to young people with AS and/or their families

Teenagers and young adults with AS and/or their families are welcome to come along to our Free Aspergers Support Group and/or Youth Club every Sat at Castleknock Community Centre! (Directions below). Please call 086 8204663 if you need more details.
*Please note that our Youth Club is supervised by registered teachers with Garda vetting.

Professor’s Tony Attwood’s Endorsement

Professor Tony Attwood on Aspergers Anonymous™, April 2016

I think that the Aspergers Anonymous™ assessment guide is simple but also very perceptive in identifying the characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome. I think this is an excellent document. What it does is go through 20 key points. Obviously it’s not the definitive diagnostic process, but it’s a good sceening tool that will indicate those who will warrant and benefit from a thorough diagnostic assessment. What a clinician does is take each of those 20 items, adds a few more and then goes through them in much more depth. But this assessment guide makes for a very legitimate referral. I think the questions are very simple and very straightforward. There aren’t any pyschological terms that you’ve got to explain. So I think many people could understand exactly what the question is asking about and you have a simple yes or no. It is simple, easy and effective.

I’m a Professor and I suppose I have a fair bit of knowledge. However my greatest knowledge has come from those who have Asperger’s Syndrome and their families, not from research articles or conferences and the greatest wisdom and experience is in the families and their advice has greater credibility and practicality than some of the clinicians and academics advice. The Aspergers Anonymous™ groups have many functions – there’s a level of emotional support and a sense of belonging but also access to wisdom that you don’t get from any textbook. In terms of the Aspergers Anonymous™ program for acceptance and positive thinking, I think those with Asperger’s Syndrome need to look on the brightside, otherwise there’s a tendency to focus and dwell on the negatives, it seems to be a characteristic and if I had a tablet to give optimism, I would design that for those with Asperger’s. It means that they will often need to change their perception of situations and their own self worth and their own value. That is before any event, during it and also after it because they can do what I call a post mortem on it and be very self critical. So it’s very important that somebody assists them in being objective rather than subjective.

I think that Aspergers Anonymous™ should hold meetings as often as is needed and sometimes you get offshoots that will meet on separate days because they have common issues or they all want to go and see the latest science fiction movie. So there will be subgroups that will form and friendships that will develop and I feel that the benefit of the meetings is not just in terms of wisdom but it’s also the development of friendships they’re going to make.

I think the parents of people with Asperger’s Syndrome are more practical and realistic than professionals and they know what’s reasonable in any situation. So I think that the advice that comes from a parent has that authority to it and that a professional who may not know Asperger’s Syndrome from within a family setting may have expectations that are too high or not be able to explain it in everyday language. Sometimes professionals hide behind their terminology which parents don’t do and so the parents speak sense.

In terms of the Spiritual program offered by Aspergers Anonymous™ – first of all I think people with AS are actually very Spiritual people. It depends on where it goes and what they do, but there is both a Spiritual essence and how aspects of Spirituality can help that needs to be recognised. Sometimes psychologists are very practical people and because in Spirituality you can’t put numbers and data to it, they don’t accept it. Yet for Humans and in life, Spirituaity can make the difference between life & death!

If Aspergers Anonymous™ is going to be effective, you’re going to have to be independent. Governments want to control and if they fund you, they will control you and Aspergers Anonymous™ needs to be independent of that. You need to be very objective and able to criticise Government agencies without fear of them withdrawing the funds.

In my experience, the bullying of people with Asperger’s Syndrome by other people is responsible for causing up to 25% of all alcoholics and drug addicts. The problems for the person with Asperger’s Syndrome are so great that the person will try to find a solution and a temporary solution that is not a solution is alcohol and drugs. So I would see that the fellowship of Aspergers Anonymous™ and the support and the wisdom will strangely enough, act as an antidote to inappropriate strategies such as alcohol and drug dependency.

I encourage people with AS and their families to join Aspergers Anonymous™, because they’re good and they will do you good – so come along!

Professor Tony Attwood
Clinical Psychologist, Author, Keynote Speaker

Aspergers Support Group – Castleknock

Free Aspergers Support Group Saturdays 11am – 12pm
Free Aspergers Youth Club Saturdays 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Our support group re-opens after the Summer holidays on Saturday 27th August at 11am.

Membership is open to people with AS and their families!

Castleknock Community Centre is located beside the M50 and is easily accessible by public transport on the 37 bus to Laurel Lodge or by train to Castleknock train station. Please find a map of the centre location below.

If you have any further queries about this meeting, please contact Garry at 086 8204663.

Radio Interview on 103.2 Dublin City FM

Gerry and his family are active members of our Aspergers Anonymous™ group in Dublin. You can listen to an excellent radio interview given by Gerry to Olivia Crinion on Good for You, Dublin City FM 103.2 show below:

Disclaimer: Aspergers Anonymous™ has no opinion on outside issues and does not endorse or oppose the opinions of external organisations. Our primary purpose is to help people with Aspergers Syndrome and their families.

About Hans Asperger

‘Neurotribes’ – a compassionate and hopeful book that encourages people to think differently about Autism, has won the Samuel Johnson prize 2015. Chair of judges Anne Applebaum, the Pulitzer-winning historian and journalist admired Silberman’s work “because it is powered by a strongly argued set of beliefs: that we should stop drawing sharp lines between what we assume to be ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’, and that we should remember how much the differently-wired human brain has, can and will contribute to our world”.

Author Steve Silberman claims that Hans Asperger was the true discoverer of Autism Spectrum Disorders and that Asperger’s earlier work in his clinic in Vienna in the 1930’s before the second world war was prescient and much more accurate than later publications in the 1940’s.

You can listen to Steve Silberman talking about his book Neurotribes here:

Disclaimer: Aspergers Anonymous™ has no opinion on outside issues and does not endorse or oppose the opinions of external organisations. Our primary purpose is to help people with Aspergers Syndrome and their families.